Meridian, ID bans texting while driving

It probably was an emotional night for Liz Catherman, but in the end, her daughter’s death may bring more safety in the community.

On October 13, the Meridian City Council voted unanimously on an ordinance to ban texting while driving.  Dubbed “Kassy’s Law”, it was inspired after Mrs. Catherman’s daughter Kassy was killed in a car crash because she was texting while driving.  Kassy’s mother hopes the ordinance will raise awareness among teen drivers.

“So many positive things are going to come out of something so negative,” said Catherman.  “Hopefully it will make them stop and think twice, you know this was my friend, and hopefully they show respect for Kassy and just hang up and drive focus on what you’re doing in your car.”

After November 1, getting caught texting while driving in Meridian could result in a $75 fine.  Getting caught for a third time will result in a misdemeanor, meaning up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail.  For the first month, police officers will only issue warnings.

Meridian becomes the second city to prohibit texting while driving.  Since October 1, it has been illegal to do so in Twin Falls.

Source: NWCN, October 12, 2010; KIDK, October 13, 2010

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